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alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

I have some 1/600 Peter Pig mortar rafts to paint up.

Any idea if they were simply left as unpainted wood or were they in a particular colour?


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2017 5:01 p.m. PST

I am pretty sure they were mostly unpainted wood

At least, mine are!

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2017 5:11 p.m. PST

Mortar rafts did not have a long service life. The recoil of the mortar would eventually break the deck timbers and split the hull. So plain wood is fine.

alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2017 2:21 a.m. PST

Thanks. Plain wood it is!

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP30 May 2017 6:02 a.m. PST

Looking at some photos I saw at least one that looked like it was painted black.

EJNashIII30 May 2017 8:39 p.m. PST

Weren't they armored with boiler plate which gave them a almost black color?

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP31 May 2017 9:28 a.m. PST

I don't think they were armored since they were never supposed to directly engage the enemy. They did have heavy timber construction to stand the strain of firing.

wargamer631 May 2017 10:16 a.m. PST

They look like they are painted black to me as well, check out some photos of them.


EJNashIII31 May 2017 6:17 p.m. PST

I found a reference that says they had 1/2" iron plate over the casement sides. link

Jack Coggins book Arms and Equipment of the Civil war also says the sides were covered in boiler plate. The armor was protection from sniper fire.

alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2017 1:23 p.m. PST

Again, many thanks. I think a black/gray should do nicely.

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